There are reports circulating on social media platforms that police have written out a Warrant of Arrest for Centre for Democracy and Development Initiatives [CDEDI] Executive Director, Sylvester Namiwa, for describing President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera a joker and time waster following his public promises to reshuffle his cabinet which he did not fulfill.
Nyasa Times Journalist, Watipaso Mzungu, was summoned earlier this week and detained by police at Area 30, Lilongwe where his caution statement was taken after quoting Namiwa. This happened after another journalist working for Joy Media Group, Enock Balakasi, was arbitrarily arrested by Kawale Police Station in Lilongwe.
MISA Malawi issued a statement condemning in strongest terms the arbitrary summoning, arrests and detentions of journalists believing that it is an attack on media freedom saying this will reflect badly on the country’s performance in the yearly press freedom index.
Speaking after learning reports of the Warrant of Arrest which is on its way to him, Namiwa said he is not afraid and is at his home waiting for police to come and arrest him though he has committed no offence.
…”I am at my house, let the Warrant of Arrest come to me, I have committed no offence to the country besides representing the voiceless citizens in Malawi…,’’ said Namiwa.
He is challenging President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera and the Inspector General of Police, Dr. George Kainja, that Malawi will never slide back to dictatorship reminding them that they are not the first nor the last to serve in their position saying there positions demand someone to come in and go.
Namiwa is reminding President Dr. Chakwera and Dr. Kainja that Malawi is a democratic state where anyone is entitled to enjoy media freedom and freedom of expression; Malawians will never be intimidated with such acts by police.
He assured Malawians that he and his organization will never retreat nor surrender and shall endevour to safeguard the country’s hard-earned democracy which the Malawi Congress Party [MCP] vehemently opposed in 1992.
Meanwhile, Muvi wa Chilungamo has called on the Tonse Alliance Government through the Inspector General of Police, Dr. George Kainja to withdraw the alleged Warrant of Arrest issued for Namiwa asking Dr. Kainja to listen to him and he will clarify his point.
Its Commander in Chief, Bantu Saunders Jumah has since warned Government that arresting Namiwa will only worsen the situation in Malawi where 2.6 million Malawians who voted for Tonse Government have lost public trust with their Government due to false and unrealistic promises.
Jumah is asking the Tonse Government to investigate itself on why 2.6 million Malawians have turned against it in 8 months and did this happened to all the previous governments and after making comparison, it should correct the mistakes, the public will restore their lost trust.
…”Listen to what people are complaining and fix the false promises, police is there to enforce the law as a neutral body free from party influence…,’’ says Jumah
By Vincent Gunde